December 2014




Thank You So Much!!!

Center staff would like to THANK all the folks who made the center such a special place in 2014. The center would not be able to offer its incredible range of services, classes and activities without the valuable volunteers and community partners who donate their time and talents towards enriching and educating the lives of participants. Sandy Senior Center flourishes because of your generosity and commitment.

Thank You Volunteers, we are looking forward to an exciting, interesting and successful New Year!


 “May the Holiday Season Bring Laughter and Cheer and the New Year bless  you with Happiness and Love in your heart



December is National Hand Washing Month. Keep in mind that colds and the flu spread more easily inside than outside and that most of us will be spending a lot more time inside now that the cold has arrived.  We urge all center participants and their family members to get a flu shot. Another important preventive measure is to frequently wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching door knobs, faucets, drinking fountains or after shaking hands. Doing so will greatly reduce your chance of getting sick.  At the center, there is a hand sanitizer dispenser mounted on the wall in front of the kitchen.  There is also a bottle of hand sanitizer at the front desk. 


We are always looking for NEW ideas for classes and activities at the center. Currently we looking for an instructor to teach and lead a crocheting class.  Please let Autumn know if you are interested.  


Pottery Silent Auction-12/1-12/11-Front Lobby

Our Pottery classes have been working hard making beautiful bowls, gecko’s and cups to donate to the center for a Silent Auction. The auction will be held December 1st-11th in the front lobby.  Bid on items by filling out a bid card.  Winning bidders will be notified December 12th. All proceeds will go back to the Pottery classes to purchase clay and materials for the new year!

Deck the Halls Party-Mon, Dec 1st @ 10:00am:

Come and help us decorate the building with holiday spirit and cheer! We will need help setting up the tree in the café and decorating it as well as placing decorations in the halls, lobby and staircase. Light refreshments will be available to those who come out and help. So bring that holiday spirit and let’s get decorating!

Glorious Glorious Golden Eagle Show-Mon, Dec 1st @ 10:30am/Café:

Come learn about birds of prey or Raptors, how they live and their importance to the environment. See a live male Golden Eagle up close.  Participate in a Q & A session. Presented by Judy

AARP Drivers Safety–Wed, Dec 3rd @ 10:00am/107:

Learn safe driving techniques and strategies. Safe Driver Certificate awarded. $15 for AARP members/$20 for non-members. Lunch is available at the center.

Healthy at Every Age-Wed, Dec 3rd @ 10:30am/ 101A:

Learn about Cancer prevention and health information for seniors. Learn about lowering your cancer risk, cancer screenings, avoiding medical scams and  finding reliable health information. Speak 1:1 with a cancer information specialist who can answer your cancer questions. Presented by Huntsman Cancer Institute

Community Engaged Initiative Reception-Knitters Thank You. Thurs, Dec 4th @ 10:00am/Café:

Sandy Senior Center volunteers and residents from Atria of Sandy Senior Living donated time and talents knitting and crocheting afghans, baby booties, scarves and hats. All items donated to The Road Home.

Gentle Yoga-Thurs, Dec, 4, 11, 18, @ 12:45pm/201:

Gentle Yoga is for those who want a relaxing experience, great for beginners/those who like chair yoga. Taught by Karen Walker.

Stroke Prevention Care-Fri, Dec 5th @ 10:00am/101:

What is a stroke? What causes a stroke and what factors contribute to having one?  Does age play a role or is diet more of a factor in stroke? So many questions-find out the answers. Facilitated by Elaine Baez from Mountain Star Senior Clinic.

Manicures-Fri, Dec 5th and 19th @ 9:00am/106:

Manicure services with 30 minute appointments starting at 9:00am –12:00pm. Includes nail clippings, filing, cuticle cut, a polish and a lotion hand massage.

Facilitated by Kimberly Jensen. $8.00 donation.  Shellac nails are available for a $10.00 donation.

Just For Fun Party-Mon, Dec 8th @ 11:15/Café:

Join us for a delicious meal of: Stuffed Salmon, Corn, Spinach, and apples. Entertainment by Mac Chesley.

Knight 2015 Tours-Mon, Dec 8th @ 10:00am/101:

Hear about the new travel tours in 2015, destinations and prices-so let’s go all aboard or get on the bus. Facilitated by Barry Knight with Knight Tours.

Holiday Breakfast with Santa-Tues, Dec 9th @ 8-9:30am/Café:

Enjoy a delicious breakfast sponsored by your Advisory Council members. Have your picture taken with Santa Claus and let him know if you’ve been naughty or nice!

Essential Oils–Wed, Dec 10th @ 10:00am/107A:

Colds and Flu-learn how oils can help prevent colds. Facilitated by Sue Billingslea from the Information Retirement Group.

Obama Care: Affordable Care Act-Wed, Dec 10th @ 11:00am/101A:

Lean the basics of how Medicare works, so you can choose what is best for you. Have your questions answered.  Facilitated by Sue Billingslea.

Parkinson’s Support Group-Thurs, Dec 11th @ 2:00pm/107:

Meet Mike Ogden, the new facilitator with Valeo Home Health. Lisa Kessell will discuss what can be done in the home to reduce freezing-general overview.

Soap Making Class-Fri, Dec 12th @ 1pm/Café:

Make beautiful and aromatic soap.  A $10.00 donation requested for 8 bars of soap. Makes Beautiful Christmas Gifts! Facilitated by Lisa Farmer.

Hearing Screenings and Aid Checks-Fri, Dec 12th@ 10:00am/106:

The effects of hearing loss and how to communicate effectively. Hearing aid checks,   troubleshooting and hearing screenings. Facilitated by Brooke Hammond-Doctor of Audiology with Connect Hearing.

Vital Aging: Mindfulness-Meditation-Mon, Dec 15th @ 10:00/107:

Mindfulness is paying attention in ways to promote wellness in your life. For those who practice meditation or simply want to create or reinforce insight. Facilitated by Rhonda Bush.

3 Wise Men-Mon Dec 15th @ 10:00am/101:

Who were the wise men? Where are they buried, and what is the star of Bethlehem? Find out about the history of these men and early Christianity. Facilitated by Maurice Wells. 

Early Christmas Meal-Tues, Dec 16th @ 11:15am/Café:

Enjoy a delicious meal of ham, potatoes, rolls, vegetables and cherry crisp. Music by the Chris Hough Band-”music the way they like it.” Come Early to get a great spot with friends. 

Caregivers Support Group-Thurs, Dec 18th @ 10:00am/107:

Get tips on avoiding burnout and live life to its fullest. Facilitated by Sunrise Senior Living and Geriatric Care Manager Sylvia Brunisholz.

Strength Training with Sandy Health and Rehab– Thurs, Dec 18th @ 10:00/Gym:

Join PT Steve, practice safe/healthy weight training. Meet in Center Gym.

Christmas Eve the center will close @ 12:30pm. Lunch will be served at normal time.

The Center will be CLOSED on Christmas Day.


Noon Year’s Day Countdown-Wed, Dec 31st @ 11:45am/Café:

Join us in celebrating the New Year-have some non-alcoholic Champaign and talk about some of our resolutions for 2015!


The Center will be CLOSED on New Year’s Day.